• Ryanne Harper

Reading Challenge Update


This year, my goal is fifty-two books. One a week. So far, thanks to Audible, I'm on track.

Here's what I've read so far:

Artemis by Andy Weir: Two Stars

I already wrote a blog post about this so I won't go into detail. It's not bad, but it's not as good as The Martian.

IT by Stephen King: Three Stars

It took me forever to finish IT. It's too long. The plot is so engaging and not as scary as I thought it would be. Probably because there are a good two hundred pages between Pennywise scenes. I also love the characters, their arcs, their development, all of it. For me, the book is just too long. Six pages in particular do not need to be there. If you've read it, you know what I'm talking about. I'm just saying, Stephen King, there are other ways to prove friendship and loyalty.

Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman: Four Stars

First off, this a kid's book. I love children's books. Fortunately, the Milk has a very Roald Dahl feel to it. It's a quick read, lots of fun, and it has great illustrations. I have a love/hate relationship with Neil Gaiman and this one is definitely going in the love category.

Life After Life by Kate Atkinson: Two Stars

In this book, the main character, Ursula Tood, is reincarnated several times; living her life over and over again. So much over again that it gets repetitive. When she relives her life, she, of course, makes changes causing a ripple effect. For instance, in her first life, she is raped by her brother's friend, her family's housekeeper dies from the flu, and a family friend is murdered by a strange man. When she relives her life, she, naturally, prevents all of these events. Who can blame her? But, in doing so, she alters the trajectory for everyone's lives. Luckily, she dies again and gets to go back and fix more things. This happens about forty-seven times. I feel like, if it happened fewer times or maybe we didn't go all the way back each time, the plot would have moved along a little faster. The writing is excellent and I'm definitely going to check out more Kate Atkinson; I just wish Life After Life was less repetitive and the secondary characters were developed a little more.

The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn: Three Stars

This is one of those books where I would give the plot a four and the writing a two. I really enjoyed the plot. It was a fun psychological thriller that, though somewhat predictable, still worked for me. I mean, I did get a little scared when, while reading it, I realized I keep my curtains open all the time and it would be super easy to spy on me. I was entertained, a little paranoid, and I was surprised a couple of times. The writing, though. I had a hard time with the play-by-play style. I'm paraphrasing but, "I sat at my computer. I put my right hand on the mouse. I moved it back and forth. The cursor sprung to life. I moved it over the email icon." It's tedious. It's a book, not an instruction manual on how to open an email. Also, I'm not a huge fan of the first person narrative. It very rarely works for me.

How to be Both by Ali Smith: One Star

I'm not even sure what to say about this book except that it's terrible. I do like cover. It has nothing at all to do with the actual text inside, but I'm trying to find one positive thing to say about it.

What I'm currently reading:

Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup

Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller

Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz

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